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Excessive supply | Ottawa suspends vaccine distribution

(Ottawa) Canada suspends Covit-19 vaccine exports. The provinces are already more than usable.


My Robson
Canadian Press

By the end of September Canada was to receive 95 million doses of Pfizer-Bioentech and Modern vaccines. As of Wednesday, Canada had received about 20 million.

The country already has a reserve of 18.7 million doses and there is not much need to vaccinate people aged 12 and over. This includes 8.5 million doses sent to unused provinces and 10.2 million doses in the Federal Reserve, which are accessible if needed.

As of Wednesday, 80% of eligible Canadians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 7% have received the first dose of the vaccine. At most, Canada will require 11 million doses to complete the vaccine for all people aged 12 and over.

In fact, the provinces stopped asking for the new dose by the end of August. Canada has advised suppliers to stop distributing at this time.

Canadian officials are currently in talks with vaccine suppliers and other countries. They plan to donate large quantities of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Canada has already donated 40 million doses purchased from Astrogeneca and Johnson & Johnson to the COVAX Vaccine Distribution Alliance.

To date, Canada has shipped only 82,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago.

Vaccination is tricky due to legal obligations and expiration date issues. Most countries do not accept doses with an expiration date of less than eight weeks and must ensure that they are used in a timely manner.

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Contracts with Pfizer and Moderna do not specifically explain how the overdose can be distributed, unlike the agreements Canada has signed with Astrogeneka and Johnson & Johnson.

UN Summit on Vaccine Distribution

At a virtual vaccination summit at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden called on countries like Canada to do more to help vaccinate the world’s population.

Joe Biden said the United States was doubling its donations to $ 1 billion and that “we need other high-income countries to fulfill their ambitious vaccine donations and obligations.” He said the goal should be to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population within the next 12 months.

Currently, only 31% of the world’s population is fully vaccinated. However, the distribution of the vaccine is unequal. Rich countries have taken most of the available doses and developing countries have stopped.

Only 4% of its population is fully vaccinated, with 51% in Europe and 45% in North America.

At least 13 countries have a vaccination rate of more than 70%. In Canada, 69.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated and is approaching.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that Canada will deliver “at least” 200 million doses of the vaccine through COVAX by the end of next year.

His spokesman said no new specific pledges had been made by Trudeau during the Joe Biden vaccination summit.